Freezing Food in Individual Servings

Written by Michele Webb

"Can I freeze it?" is a question often asked in our homes, and for good reason. Preparing double or triple recipes and freezing portions for later use is not only time-saving, but economical as well. Here is a smart freezing tip to help you keep food safe and nutritious.

After your food has been prepared, or after a meal where you have left over food, dividerepparttar food into individual servings so that it freezes and thaws quickly and evenly. Freshly cooked foods should be allowed to cool to room temperature before preparing them for freezing. Putting still-hot foods intorepparttar 142647 freezer can cause partially frozen foods to thaw or raise them to room temperature which could cause spoiling or alterrepparttar 142648 taste or texture ofrepparttar 142649 food.

The portions you dividerepparttar 142650 food into should berepparttar 142651 same as what you want to use when taking them out ofrepparttar 142652 freezer. For example, if you are freezing something like spaghetti or pasta for school or work lunches, choose a container that will fit intorepparttar 142653 lunch bag or lunch box so that you can easily removerepparttar 142654 container fromrepparttar 142655 freezer and go.

When to wash your fruit

Written by Shauna Hanus

Washing your fruit is recommended for many reasons. Dirt or bugs may be onrepparttar outside or in commercially produced fruit pesticide residue may be present. There are times when you should wait until immediately before you serverepparttar 142646 fruit to wash.

Cherries, both Bing and Rainier, blackberries, raspberries both red and black, cranberries, strawberries, blueberries and huckleberries should all be stored in a clean container inrepparttar 142647 refrigerator until you are ready to use them. When you are ready to cook with or serverepparttar 142648 fruit placerepparttar 142649 cherries or berries in a colander and gently run them under cool water.

For fruit such as apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, and plums wash these up as soon as you bring them home fromrepparttar 142650 market. This way they will be ready for your family to enjoy at a moments notice.

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